1990 Jeep Cherokee Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 11

1990 Jeep Cherokee Sport 4.0 gas

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 gas Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles

Summary:

The best 4wd vehicle ever built

Faults:

Water pump at 110,000 miles.

AC compressor at 145,000 miles.

Transmission overdrive solenoid at 137,000 miles.

General Comments:

I purchased this vehicle with 98000 miles, living in Lake Tahoe, Ca., where it snows up to the windshield.

Every winter morning, with temperatures sometimes below 0, my Jeep started within seconds... every single time.

By the way, if you bought the 4.0 straight 6, (like mine) they never die. The 2.8 ltr GM engine is JUNK.

Replacing a water pump, and other minor things I considered to be normal maintenance, especially with over 100,000 miles on it.

I plowed through snow like I drove an arctic ice breaker.

I pulled countless Isuzu Rodeo's, Toyota 4 runners, & Chevy Blazers, all good snow vehicles, but in my opinion not nearly as good as my Jeep Cherokee.

The car never failed me, in over 85000 miles.

It is one of the most dependable vehicles I have ever owned in my life. It home safely during many snow drifts, & white outs. I grew attached to this vehicle, as my workhorse, that just never quit.

I finally traded the Jeep in with 186000 miles on it, and had tears in my eyes as I walked away.

I still own a Jeep Cherokee, (97) for the snow. There is 115,000 miles on it, so it's still new. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2010

1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4.0

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

The best, most versatile vehicle I've ever had

Faults:

The drivers seat frame is bent and the fabric is torn (expected, considering it's age and mileage). There are various leaks and I've had to replace the alternator, power steering pump and water pump. I've also converted the cooling system to an open style system and rigged up a override switch to the electrical fan to keep it running if I desire. The front axle U-joints were JUST replaced and appear to have been the original units (not bad, eh?). The front wheel bearings are in need of replacement as well (appear to be original, again not bad).

General Comments:

The exterior of this XJ is in very good shape considering the age. I have painted it with Herculiner paint to help maintain it's integrity for years to come. Now it has a chance to live as long as I expect the motor to live.

The drive-line is very much original with only a few parts replaced (U-joints, tires, etc). The original axles, t-case and drive-shafts are still in good working condition.

The engine is absolutely reliable. It gets a little noisy if it leaks too much oil, but it starts every time and purrs like a kitten. I've replaced most of the accessories (water pump, PS pump, alternator, etc), but the engine itself is in great condition. While it does have some leaks, it burns no oil. The plugs are pretty clean showing that the engine runs a little lean with no signs of oil blow-by.

The interior is comfortable enough but can be a bit uncomfortable on long road trips. I'm thinking about getting some more comfortable seats, though. Although the interior is well worn, it is still in decent shape considering the miles and age. It adds "character".

This thing just won't die... I've power shifted it down the drag strip (11.5 seconds @ 62 mph 1/8th mile), ripped around in bumper deep mud, climbed rocks, drove on many trails, hauled my ATV's with it and drive it back and forth to work every day. The only time it hasn't started is when the battery died on me and when the starter gave up the ghost. But, what car wouldn't have those issues with 180k on the clock? The only real damage that has been done is when I bent my tie rod after slamming it into a rock. What other vehicle can you do all of this with and not break it? Really? And to top it off, I'm getting over 20 mpg on the highway.

I LOVE THIS THING!! I'll drive this until I can't drive it anymore... then I'll fix it and drive it some more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2009

15th Jul 2010, 17:02

Well said; Best US vehicle ever made.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 35 reviews